Information about our shows! Choose one or two puppets per show!
Jeanne Missey Osgood, MA, is an educator: yoga/Pilates/fitness teacher, docent at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, poet and puppeteer. She has created one-woman shows from her experiences and interests through her life. Memorizing, reciting and writing poetry as well as telling wisdom stories were an important part of explaining truths as both a student development practitioner in higher education, as a fitness director and yoga teacher. When her love of puppetry was explored more fully, she found that it was quite effective and entertaining to share wisdom and poetry by having her puppets do most of the talking. She and her puppets now entertain audiences of all ages.
There is an elephant in the room... it is LOVE!
If you would like to have a puppet show of Emily Dickinson, Granny Goodheart, Andy AppleTree, or Rumi, we are ready! Be prepared for the vibrant and entertaining wit of both Emily and Granny while enjoying their wisdom through poetry and story-telling.
If you are more interested in learning about mindfulness, yoga and meditation, both Andy Apple Tree and Rumi are educational and entertaining.
Interactive presentations can include one or two puppets!
My Favorite Quote
Luck is not Chance --
It's Toil --
-- Emily Dickinson
My Favorite Poem
In this short Life
that only lasts an hour
How much --
how little --
Is within our power
-- Emily Dickinson
Two butterflies went out at noon
and waltzed above a stream,
Then stepped straight through the firmament and rested on a beam
Living River of Words Poetry Contest
Fall 2017/Spring 2018
Puppets helped inspire creativity!
I am an Emily Dickinson enthusiast! Over the years I have memorized nearly 100 of the almost 2000 poems written by Dickinson. The sources of my presentation include: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Richard Sewall, PhD, The Poems of Emily Dickinson by R.W. Franklin,
very early editions of poetry in the public domain, A Companion to Emily Dickinson Edited by Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz, Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family Feuds by Lyndall Gordon and an on-line edX course on American Poets from Harvard Professor Elisa New, PhD. The course covered who Emily Dickinson was, where she lived and how she wrote.
Andy, the Apple Tree
The Apple Tree has long been used in religious symbology and has come to represent knowledge, life and death. I believe that these symbols also represent stages of life and growth for all plants and animals including human beings.
Learning about the wisdom of nature through observing trees was a natural part of growing up on a Ohio farm. My mother had a particular Oak which she called her "prayer tree", and as I got older, when I would go back to the farm, my father and I would take long walks through wooded areas of Osage-Orange, Sycamore, Mullberry and Black Walnut.
The apple tree is named for my brother, Andy, who, before he died as a young man of 22, taught me about life, not by words, but by his easy manner and actions that spoke loudly of family values, love, and truth.
This presentation is about listening to life's seasons and sharing the wisdom of the trees through poetry, story-telling and meditations of the heart.
Granny is my first puppet and is a combination of all of the wise men and women who I have learned from in my life. I started creating her from my remembrances of Sunday School, Sermons and Luther League, then later on, both from research on older adult development as part of a Master's degree from Bowling Green State University and from an edX course about Happiness from the Center for Greater Good, University of California, Berkeley. She is the embodiment of high moral character, goodness and happiness!
'Path of Love' Poet:
Rumi, A 13th Century Persian mystic poet is considered one of the most popular poets in America today! His poetry explores the soul's yearning to return to God, and his work is passionate and honest. It has a way of connecting directly with the Divine beyond constrictions of religion or dogma. A yoga class can be incorporated into this presentation.